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Archive for December, 2008

I apologize if this comes off as an advertisement for another blog.  I suppose it is that, but I won’t see any payment for it.

I’m passionate about music.  I have other blogs but Plymouth Living is the one I love the most and it also has the most readers.  I have to fight off the temptation of putting other topics of interest on this blog.  I want to keep this about Plymouth, with rare exception.

The solution I’ve come to is to start another blog just about music.  I’m still putting it together, but there are some posts (one will look familiar.)  It’s called “The Sound of the Pounding,” a great line from one of Oasis’s new songs.

You can find it on the link below or in my blogroll (links) on the side.

http://soundofthepounding.wordpress.com/

I hope you stop by and check it out.  Comments are not only welcome but encouraged.

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One of my favorite family diner-style restaurants in town is Bode’s Corned Beef House on Main, at the railroad tracks.

The only real complaint I have ever had about Bode’s is that it gets way too smoky. When the front portion of the restaurant is at capacity with smokers, the air in the entire restaurant is hard to breathe. The non-smoking section is hardly safe haven for those of us that don’t like eating second-hand smoke.

Today when I had breakfast there, a sign was posted at the cash register indicating the restaurant will be smoke free on January 2, which is this Friday. I know that a statewide smoking ban was in the works in Lansing the last few weeks, but last I knew, that had died. To the best of my knowledge, the law has not changed yet. If Bode’s is taking this initiative on its own, I applaud the owners, the Meachams. We will certainly eat there more often once Bode’s goes smoke-free.

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I may or may not be posting before the New Year. If not, have a wonderful, safe and fun New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Here’s Auld Lang Syne for your (or mine, anyway) listening pleasure.

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I’ve added to the Blogroll a link to The Weather Channel’s page for Plymouth.

If you’re curious about the weather while here, just click on the link in the Blogroll (to the right) and you’ll get current weather information for our area.

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daisyadIf you’ve seen the movie, A Christmas Story, you’ll know that line.  If you’ve been around Plymouth very long, you’ll also know that air rifle used to be made right here in town.

Michigan History Online has a great brief history of Daisy (and the air rifle industry more generally)

http://www.michiganhistorymag.com/extra/2008/marapr/its_a_daisy.html

Red Ryder was a character created by the company, during the Depression, to market Daisy Air Rifles to kids:

The 1930s also saw the introduction of a cowboy theme with Daisy guns honoring teenaged rodeo and movie cowboy Buzz Barton and movie cowboy Buck Jones. However, Cass Hough was always concerned about a celebrity endorser becoming entangled in a scandal and hurting Daisy’s image. He found a solution in the form of an imaginary cowboy, a comic strip hero whose name and association with Daisy have become legendary. Late in the 1930s, Daisy met Red Ryder. Actually, it was Fred Harman, author-artist for the Red Ryder comic series who came from Colorado to Plymouth to sell Daisy on a pistol concept he had whittled from wood. Harman and Cass Hough hit it off and before long they joined with Red Ryder owner Stephen Slesinger in joint promotional efforts. Daisy’s Red Ryder phase, including the No. 111 Model 40 Red Ryder Western Carbine, was among the most profitable eras of the company. The Daisy Red Ryder air gun was immortalized in the 1983 classic movie A Christmas Story, featuring Ralphie’s quest to get a Red Ryder air gun despite everyone’s warning that “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

The whole story of this industry and its origins in town is fascinating.  Check out the entire article.

Merry Christmas.

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Merry Christmas

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I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

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If you own a home in the City of Plymouth, you know that taxes here are pretty steep.  Cross the road into the township and watch thousands drop off your yearly tax bill.

Cities in this area are considerably cheaper to live in tax-wise, but city services elsewhere don’t match ours in town.  The recent snowfall highlighted this for me.

The big snow started falling early morning Friday.  By Saturday morning, our street here in town had been twice plowed and was passable.  My wife and I ate breakfast in Old Village and the sidewalks were being plowed and salted.  (Residents also do a great job of clearing their own sidewalks, something not common to every city.)  By noon Saturday, just about every street and sidewalk was cleared.  We were able to safely jog from one end of town to the other.

By contrast, other neighboring cities were still a mess.  My mother lives in Westland.  Saturday afternoon, her street was no clearer than after the snowfall.  No plows had been down her street.

We also shopped in Canton along Ford Road.  Roads like Morton-Taylor were still a complete mess.  The sidestreets we took to avoid traffic backups were pretty rough, too.  They had not been touched at all.

I understand that it’s a bit more doable to clear the streets in the City of Plymouth because we’re a smaller town.  Westland and Canton are large cities with eight to ten times our population and easily as many more homes and streets and roads.  Larger cities like that, at least in terms of volume, should have considerably larger tax bases.  One would think those cities would be better equipped to provide services than a smaller city for the fact that they have more money to spend.

This has been a good reminder for me to not gripe about taxes.  Sure we pay more than we would elsewhere, but our city better responds to our needs than other places.  I’d rather pay 40% more in taxes and get 100% better service than the other way around.

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